119 Heroes Con 2018 Recap and Interviews

June 21, 2018

I’m back from Heroes Con held last weekend June 15-17, 2018 in Charlotte, NC! 

The episode opens with my reflections about the con and guests met. I take stock of the Bronze and Silver Age Marvel and DC comics I plucked from the back issues bins, then move to my four interviews from the convention floor.

 

Christine Brunson       (20:40-36:00)

http://www.christinebrunson.com/

Colorist of Amazing Age (Alterna Comics)

Writer/colorist of Bitter Sweet Sentinels

Transition Music: Colors by Beck

 

Michel Fiffe                 (36:38-48:11)

http://michelfiffe.com/

Writer and artist of creator owned series Copra and of three-issue summer event Bloodstrike Brutalists (Image)

Transition Music: Money For Nothing- Dire Straits

 

Marie Enger                (40:48-1:02:18)

http://www.so-engery.com/

Writer and artist of creator owned series FHTAGN & LOATHING and the colorist/letter of Regression (Image)

Transition Music: Rats by Ghost

 

Kevin Glover                (1:03:04-1:20:35)       

http://www.fracturedscarytales.com/

Publisher and writer of Lady Frankenstein and The Mummy’s Brain and Supered-Up Monster Kids

Transition Music: Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

  

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118 Rachael Smith on Isabella and Blodwen

June 14, 2018

U.K. writer and artist Rachael Smith joins me to talk about her entry into comics and work on a back up story for The 10th Doctor: Year Two titled A Rose By Any Other Name.

Rachael also discusses the free 16 page mini comic she wrote and weas illustrated by Jacob Smith titled Jack & Lucy about two troubled teens that help each other figure out their problems.

We dig into her autobiographical comic strip collection titled Wired Up Wrong, which Rachael wrote to better understand how she deals with anxiety and depression.

Rachael talks about her contribution to the website Emphasize This, a platform for margined voices in the comics medium.

She has a new project in the works, Isabella and Blodwen. It's about growing up, fitting in and a witch from a bottle determined to wreak havoc!

We close out Creator Talks with Rachael answering fun questions I asked my guests to learn more about them.

 

To learn more about Rachael’s latest project Isabella and Blodwen visit https://unbound.com/books/isabella-and-blodwen/

 

To order Rachael’s other publications House Party, Artificial Flowers, Jack & Lucy and Wired Up Wrong visit https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FlimsyKitten

 

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117 Bryce Bullock on Daddy Long Legs & The Inch Worm

June 7, 2018

Joining me is my youngest guest to date. Nine-year old Bryce Bullock is the creator, writer and artist of Daddy Long-Legs and The Inch Worm, the father and son super-hero duo comic published through Pancake Images.

Bryce, his father Demitrius and mother Michelle discuss the origin of the heroes and how each member of the family supported Bryce in the making the comic.

What is Bryce’s future plans for the comic and as a comic book creator?

What advice does his give to young artists and their parents?

Plus: Bryce answers the fun questions I ask all my guests!

  

Daddy Long Legs and The Inch Worm

https://www.amazon.com/Daddy-Long-Inchworm-Bryce-Bullock/dp/1983489956

  

Motion Illustrationz

https://www.motionillustrationz.com/

  

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116 Where We Live Tribute Tour Stop

June 4, 2018

Surprise! Another bonus episode this week, with six creator interviews! 

The Where We Live- A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas anthology book signing tour made a stop at my local comic shop, The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, June 2nd, and you-are-there!

I interviewed all six of the anthology’s contributors who appeared for the signing.

I ask two questions of each contributor: How did you come up with your contribution for the anthology, and what should be done to help stem the tide of mass shootings?

 

Erica Schultz              (3:45-11:12)

Daddy’s Little Girl (p. 233)

 

Matthew Dow Smith   (11:13-15:43)

Autopsy (p. 205)

Monsters (p.271)

  

Greg Pak                  (15:44-25:37)

What Can Be Done (p187)

 

Liana Kangas            (25:30-28:08)

Daddy’s Little Girl (p 233)

 

Justin Jordan            (28:09-34:50)

Everything After (p.54)

 

Monica Gallagher (34:51-39:10)

Contacts (p 116)

 

Where We Live Anthology

https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/where-we-live

 

The Comic Book Shop

http://www.thecomicbookshop.com/

 

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115 Christopher Sebela & Joshusa Hixson on Shanghai Red - Image Comics

May 31, 2018

Writer Christopher Sebela returns to the show along with artist Joshua Hixson to discuss their collaboration Shanghai Red being published by Image Comics June 20th.

The practice of Shanghaiing men in to serve as crew on 19th century sailing vessels is the genesis of the story.  

Christopher begins by explaining the use of the Shanghai tunnels in Portland, Oregon during the 19th century to help us separate its fact from fiction. We also learn about the comics protagonist, Shanghai Red, her dual identity and the basis for her thirst for vengeance!

Joshua and Christopher explain why getting Shanghai Red published took several years.

I also check in with Christopher on his other project Cold War through Aftershock and get the scoop straight from Joshua on his independent work The Black Woods with writer Joe Ciano.

And, it wouldn't be a Creator Talks interview if Joshusa didn't get a crack at the fun questions I ask all my guests! 

 

Shanghai Red:

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/shanghai-red-1

  

Christopher Sebela

http://www.christophersebela.com/

 

To order Joshua Hixson's The Black Wood's and see his art:

http://www.joshhixson.com/

 

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114 Enrica Jang, Alex Cormack & Mark Mullaney on Crossing

May 28, 2018

It’s a bonus podcast this week with not one, not two, but three guests! 

Enrica Jang (House of Montresor), Alex Cormack (work published by Image, IDW & ComixTribe) and Mark Mullaney (Ninja Bear) join me to talk about there Kickstarter for issues #2 & #3 of Crossing, a six-issue paranormal series. What's it all about?  

"An annoying goth princess haunts the rookie train conductor who ran her over. Paranormal couples counseling, anyone?"

Enrica is also the Editor-in-Chief of Red Stylo Media, an independent publishing company founded in 2008.

Her co-creators, Alex and Mark worked with Enrica on the Poe Twisted Anthology and the synergy the team creates during our interview is palpabile.

Besides talking about Crossing, the Kickstarter rewards, and the book’s bright future, we go a bit “off the rails” with fun questions I ask all my guests.

 

Crossing Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/RedStyloMedia/crossing-2-and-3-new-issues-in-this-paranormal-ser?ref=user_menu

 

Red Stylo:

http://redstylo.com/

 

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113 James Haick and Rafael Lourerio on The Mall - Scout Comics

May 24, 2018

Writer James Haick (Solar Flare) and artist Rafael Lourerio join Creator Talks to discuss the success of Scout Comics’ Free Comic Book Day offering The Mall #0 and talk about issue #1 coming this July. 

We also learn about another book James is writing, Long Live Pro Wrestling! (Previews Code 181964) a new “binge” series from Scout Comics.

Plus we get an update on Season Three of Solar Flare returning soon.

I ask artist of The Mall Rafael Lourerio about living in San Palo and where are the places to go. We also talk about working in his studio and his other comic work.

We learn what would we be their desert island book, beverage of choice and more! Plus: bonus chat after the show credits this week J

 

Previews Order code for The Mall #1 May 181968

https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/MAY181968

  

Read The Mall #0 here:

http://www.scoutcomics.com/store/

 

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112 Michael Gordon on the Crime Noir Comic Red Winter #1

May 21, 2018

Do you like crime noir in the vein of Ed Brubaker, Frank Miller and Jason Aaron?

Writer Michael Gordon joins me to discuss his Kickstarter for Red Winter #1, his new crime noir four part mini series set in Russia.

We also talk about his other highly successful series Transdimentional, now off to the printer after wrapping up another successful Kickstarter to fund issue #3 of that four part series.

What is it like living in Moira a, Ireland and what are the best things to do in Belfast?

How did Michael land a job writing a comic based on a U.K. television series written by Stan Lee?

What would be his accessory if an action figure were made of him?

Who was the best actor to portray Batman on the silver screen and why?

These questions and more are answered on this episode of Creator Talks.

 

Kickstarter for Red Winter #1 here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1420352081/red-winter-1-a-crime-noir-comic-book-tale?ref=user_menu

 

Read Free Issues 1 & 2 of Transdimentional on Webtoons here:

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/transdimensional/list?title_no=153804

 

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111 Mike Baron “The Bloody Red Baron Experience”

May 17, 2018

At last, presenting my interview with writer Mike Baron! 

Mike is the creator of The Badger and co-creator of Nexus.  Mike also wrote stories for Marvel's Punisher and DC’s Batman, The Flash and Deadman.

I begin my conversation with Mike about a 1973 article he wrote for Creem magazine in which he visited the Marvel office.

I ask Mike about his time writing for Valiant comics and stepping into the shoes of Barry Windsor Smith when he took over writing Archer and Armstrong.  

Did you know Mike has several novels comics out this year?

What are Mike's thoughts on Steve Rude?

What is the status of the Nexus comic? '

We talk about the future of print comics, Mike's thoughts on a "post literate society", and hit the fun questions I ask all my guests 

Mike Baron’s Website and Blog

http://www.bloodyredbaron.net 

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110 The Return of Ram V and Dev on Paradiso Vol: 1 Essential Singularity

May 10, 2018

The first four issues of Paradiso have wrapped and the trade collection is coming 5/16/18 through Image Comics.

Writer Ram V and Dev are here to tell me why, if you haven’t read the series yet, the trade will make jumping on at the second arc more enjoyable.

Dev talks about the stylistic changes made to his art that really distinguishes the next story arc from the first.

I also discuss what else Dev is writing and he drops a few hints about a projects he is working on in a new genera for him.

Plus we have lots fun when I ask more of the questions I ask all my guests!

 

About the trade Paradiso Vol. 1 Essential Singularity :

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/paradiso-vol.-1-essential-singularity-tp

 

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